Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s newly remodeled Chicago brownstone is featured in Traditional Home magazine, and when I saw the pictures, I was curious about what the house looked like before. After a little digging, I found the listing photos from 2013, and you can hardly tell it’s the same place now.
How It Looked in the Listing Before They Bought It:
The brownstone has three floors connected by beautiful staircases and generous landings like this one:
The listing said the 1866 Victorian is “located on a lovely tree-lined street just steps away from Lake Michigan and the Magnificent Mile.”
“Formal living room and dining room, Bulthaup kitchen with skylight. Many vintage details remain: an exquisite staircase, pocket doors, wainscoting panels, natural woodwork and moldings. High ceilings. Three wood-burning fireplaces.”
4 bedrooms, 4 baths, and 4,600 square feet
The kitchen looked small and out of place in the house and was one of the major changes they made in the house.
The Rancics reportedly paid $2.1 million for it in 2013. You can see the rest of the listing photos here.
Floorplans of the three-story brownstone from the listing:
After the Remodel: How the Brownstone Looks Today
I’d love to see how the floorplan changed after the remodel because — once you walk through the front door — nothing inside the house looks remotely the same.
Bill Rancic grew up in Chicago and says, “We knew the family who lived here before, and they put a great vibe in this house that we hope to continue. We’ve always had one foot here, and now we have two. Finally, we’re home.”
Master Bath with “Skylight” Open to Dressing Room Above:
Designer Lonni Paul, who you may remember as a contestant on HGTV’s “Design Star” a few years ago, says, “In this rowhouse, which doesn’t allow light to pour in from either side, the blue functioned as a tool to create light and airiness that wouldn’t read heavy and dull when the sky turned cold and gray.”
The reality-TV stars have been married since 2007 and are parents to Duke, who’s three. I thought I remembered seeing the same monogrammed crib in their former home in California, and sure enough, here it is in his old nursery:
This is one busy couple. Besides the reality-TV shows they’ve starred in over the years, Bill (who was the first winner of The Apprentice) is an entrepreneur, real estate developer, author, and Food Network host.
Giuliana designs a clothing line for HSN, has her own wine collection, and has written three books. And oh, yeah, they own a couple of restaurants in Chicago, too. Whew.
Renovated and Expanded Kitchen:
The kitchen opens to a covered deck with a brick fireplace:
They turned it into a private outdoor entertaining space.
After 14 years in front of the camera, Giuliana signed off from her E! News hosting duties earlier this month and can now spend more time here. “This is the most meaningful of any place we’ve lived in together because it’s where we brought our baby home and became parents,” says Giuliana. “In past years, we’ve been in a hotel during the holidays. This year, we will put up our own tree.”
For more photos and information, read the article by Krissa Rossbund in Traditional Home magazine (photos by Werner Straube). I still like the little white house where they taped “Giuliana & Bill.” Remember that one?